The Breaking Point (1950 film)

The Breaking Point (1950 film)

Infobox Film | name =The Breaking Point

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director = Michael Curtiz
producer = Jerry Wald
writer =Ernest Hemingway (novel "To Have and Have Not")
Ranald MacDougall
starring =John Garfield
Patricia Neal
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released = September 30, 1950 (U.S. premiere)
runtime = 97 min
language = English
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imdb_id = 0042281

"The Breaking Point" is the second film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have and Have Not". The film, directed by Michael Curtiz, is considered more faithful to the novel than the 1940s version starring Humphrey Bogart.


Garfield plays Harry Morgan a penniless fishing hire proprietor whose business is on the skids and whose family is feeling the economic pinch. He begins to work with a shady lawyer who persuades him to run illegal immigrants into California. When this goes wrong he comes even more under the influence of the lawyer who blackmails him into helping the escape of a gang of crooks who pull a racetrack heist.

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econd Remake

"The Gun Runners", a 1958 film directed by Don Siegel, is the second remake of "To Have and Have Not" (1944) and stars Audie Murphy in the Bogart/Garfield role and Everett Sloane in Walter Brennan's part as the alcoholic sidekick, although Sloane's interpretation was less overtly comedic than Brennan's.

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